Category Archive: Free speech under siege

Mar 10

Turkish government sentences 24 journalists to prison for ‘supporting terrorism’

Pro-government journalism has always been the world’s safest profession. Anti-government journalism has always been the world’s most dangerous profession. Now there is news that a court in Turkey has sentenced 24 journalists who asked too many questions to prison. Their alleged crime? Supporting ‘terrorism.’ According to the New York Times, Most of the journalists worked …

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Jan 23

Another bookseller snatched by Chinese authorities

Chinese writer and bookseller Gui Minhai, whose books often criticize the Chinese government and provide details of the lives of government officials, was snatched from a public train last week. See here. Witnesses reported seeing a dozen plainclothesed men approach him and whisk him away. Chinese dissidents and government critics are often ‘disappeared’ without further …

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Jan 04

While France moves to ban “fake news,” German policymakers realize that speech restrictions empower critics

The historic struggle for freedom of speech and press is filled with stories of anonymous pamphleteers who overcame state repression to claim victory over darkness. Governments have historically sought to ban speech which is critical of government. Sometimes government officials claim such speech spreads “sedition,” or promotes violence, or allows “millionaires and billionaires” to control …

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Dec 20

Remember all those emails to the FCC just prior to the FCC’s anti-‘net neutrality’ vote? They were mostly fraudulent.

Remember last week in the run-up to the FCC’s vote to overturn the prior FCC’s “net neutrality” takeover of the internet (from 2 years ago)? “Mainstream” (meaning government-approved–and approving) media news reported that the public supported the 2015 government takeover of the internet and opposed the current FCC’s vote to overturn the prior FCC’s vote. …

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Dec 18

Under “campaign finance” laws, Wisconsin became a political surveillance state

Forget the Alien & Sedition Acts, the Palmer Raids, the Red Scare or the McCarthy Hearings. The greatest threat to freedom of speech and press in American history is the scam known as “campaign finance reform.” Government tyrants and despots have a thousand ways to influence elections to promote more powerful government. They secretly (and …

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Dec 13

The number of journalists imprisoned for their work is now at an all-time high

Startling new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists. As of December 1, 2017, 262 journalists were behind bars around the world in relation to their work, a new record after a historical high of 259 last year. Many of these jailed journalists are in China, Turkey, and Egypt. But the western world is partially …

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Nov 16

Federal Election Commission now seeks to control political discussion on the internet

Forget the Alien & Sedition Act prosecutions. Forget Lincoln’s arrests of pro-secession newspaper editors. Forget the Palmer Raids of World War I, the “Red Scares,” the imprisonment of Eugene V. Debs or the McCarthy Hearings of the 1950s. By far the greatest threat to freedom of speech and press that America ever faced was and …

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Oct 27

African governments get used to SHUTTING DOWN the internet

An astounding story was published by Reuters reporters last week. In most countries, “the internet” is a multidimensional thing emanating and maintained by thousands of different businesses, people and institutions. But in some African countries, “the internet” may depend on a single cable system. “Since the start of 2016, governments in 13 African nations have …

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Oct 25

Vietnamese Government Orders Student Imprisoned for 6 Years for Blog Criticisms

According to Yahoo News, a Vietnamese student has been ordered jailed for 6 years for blog posts that criticized life under the Vietnamese government. See here. Like the government of the United States, the Vietnamese government employs teams of agents to monitor the internet and control the content of what subjects post.

Oct 20

Largest governments agree to censor, ban and control ‘terror’ messaging in media

Every government ultimately comes for all freedom, all resources, all property, and to kill or cage all who resist. Now the “G7” (the world’s 7 most powerful governments) are combining with a common goal: to push for controls on the internet which are deemed “terrorist” or “jihadist.” See here. (Of course, nothing said here should …

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